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James has gone from climbing near his family home in the Peak District of England to exploring walls and mountains in exotic locations around the globe everywhere from Tazmania to Thailand. His first venture into rock climbing came at the age of 15 and it was soon clear that he was blessed with a naturally elegant climbing style. However, he also had the dedication and commitment to refine and develop that talent and by the age of 19 he was already one of the UK’s brightest climbing stars. James has been scouring the planet for more demanding challenges ever since. 

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Sawanabori  © The North Face

Fri Night Vid Sawanobori - Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

Our Friday Night Video this week is a trip to Japan to climb the country's highest waterfall: Shomyo Falls in Toyama. Sawanobori is the Japanese art of climbing a mountain river to its source, involving scrambling up gullies, ravines and waterfall...

Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face
Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face

Article Sawanobori - James Pearson on Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

On Wednesday 20th March, UKC hosted The North Face Speaker Series 'Sawanobori' film launch, featuring TNF athletes James Pearson, Caroline Ciavaldini, Matty Hong, Yuji Hirayama and Toru Nakajima. These athletes weren't climbing rock...

James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest  © James Pearson
James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest  © James Pearson

Video James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest

In November 2017, James Pearson made the first ascent of Power Ranger 5.14 R at Sunset Rocks, Chattanooga, TN. A video has just been released of James' journey towards climbing the line, in which he undergoes a second metamorphosis from wannabe Frenchman to...

James Pearson on Power Ranger 5.14 R  © Pietro Porro/ La Sportiva
James Pearson on Power Ranger 5.14 R  © Pietro Porro/ La Sportiva

News Power Ranger - 5.14 R First Ascent by James Pearson

James Pearson has made the first ascent of a run-out 8c trad line at Sunset Rocks, Chattanooga, TN, which he...

James Pearson makes the first ascent of Le Voyage E10 7a  © Caroline Ciavaldini
James Pearson makes the first ascent of Le Voyage E10 7a  © Caroline Ciavaldini

Fri Night Vid James Pearson E10 at Annot

Back in May, we reported that James Pearson had made the first ascent of an impressive E10 7a crack line at Annot, in Provence....

James Pearson climbing Rhapsody, E11 7a  © Chris Prescott/ Hot Aches Productions
James Pearson climbing Rhapsody, E11 7a  © Chris Prescott/ Hot Aches Productions

News Rhapsody E11 7a repeat for James Pearson

Yesterday James Pearson made the fourth ascent of Rhapsody E11 7a at Dumbarton Rock near Glasgow. Having previously tried...

James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country
James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country

Newsflash James Pearson Flashes Pembroke E9

On Tuesday 2nd September, James Pearson made a flashed ascent of Charlie Woodburn's Something's Burning, E9 7a, in...

James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country
James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country

Video James Pearson Talks Trad & Flashes E8

James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)
James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)

Video James Pearson - F8c

James relaxing on a Barcelona Rooftop  © James Pearson Collection
James relaxing on a Barcelona Rooftop  © James Pearson Collection

Features Exclusive Interview: James Pearson

James Pearson on the second ascent of Gerty Berwick at Ilkley  © David Simmonite
James Pearson on the second ascent of Gerty Berwick at Ilkley  © David Simmonite

Photo James Pearson on Gerty Berwick

Neil Gresham, John Dunne and James Pearson  © Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com
Neil Gresham, John Dunne and James Pearson  © Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com

News James Pearson... E12 justification

Landscape photo of Dyers Lookout, Devon  © chris s
Landscape photo of Dyers Lookout, Devon  © chris s

News James Pearson climbs Devon Project - E12 7a

The Cratcliffe Groove Finally Climbed!,  © David Simmonite Photography
The Cratcliffe Groove Finally Climbed!,  © David Simmonite Photography

News James Pearson Climbs Cratcliffe Groove E10 7b


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Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.

Trango portrait  © Toby Archer
Trango portrait  © Toby Archer

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

With a lightweight upper and an excellent balance of support and nimble-footedness, the Trango Tower Extreme GTX are superb technical mountain boots, says Toby Archer. So it's a shame the soles seem to wear so quickly.

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean? And by that definition, which models stand out? All will be revealed...

Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear
Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear

La Sportiva Women's Otaki & Skwama

In 2018 La Sportiva greatly increased their range of women's climbing shoes. From this extended range, the Skwama and Otaki...

It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders
It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders

The North Face Summit L6 Down Belay Parka

It's way more jacket than most of us need, but if you're after a duvet for somewhere seriously cold then the Down Belay...

mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear
mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

All Round B1-B2 Mountain Boots

Mountaineering involves all sorts of terrain, so a general mountain boot has to be an all-rounder. We look at eight models that...

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

The annual ISPO outdoor trade show has just wrapped up for 2019. Among the many new products shown to us by attending brands, a number...


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Friends   © Wild Country

Wild Country Friends, Technical Friends and Trigger Wire Repair Kit

Wild Country, the original creator of the Friends, have continued to innovate and create the best cams available since 1977. The latest iteration is the lightest and most versatile yet, whilst the Technical Friends 5 + 6 are big enough to protect ...

Caroline Ciavaldini climbing waterfalls on the Sawanabori expedition  © The North Face
Caroline Ciavaldini climbing waterfalls on the Sawanabori expedition  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket

Our lightest, most packable shell yet is designed to keep you dry through mountainside squalls without adding any unnecessary weight or bulk, so you can climb higher and faster without worrying whether your jacket will keep up.

La Sportiva Bushido II

The Bushido II is a super light, extra grippy and aggressive shoe designed to ensure perfect stability and support on all types of off-road terrain from canal foot paths to the trail of the Lake District.

WC Protection  © Wild Country
WC Protection  © Wild Country

Wild Country Passive Protection Range

Wild Country is one of the original creators of passive protections with its Classic Rocks. Continuing to innovate...

ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC
ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Footwear and Packs

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic...

ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Clothing Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic...

ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC
ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Climbing Hardware Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of...